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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Denis L Subler (May 20, 2018)

Denis L Subler age 78, of Versailles passed away at 11:54 PM on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at Village Green Nursing Home in Greenville.

Denny was born June 10, 1939, in Frenchtown, Ohio to the late Pauline (Barga) and Carl J Subler. In addition to his parents, Denny was also preceded in death by a brother, Steve Subler; brothers-in-law, Hal Richters and David Baron; and a nephew, Curt Subler.

Denny is survived by his wife, Nancy A Subler; daughters, Rachel (Eric) Wolfe and Ann-Marie (Doug) Kurtz; son, Fr. Carl Subler; grandchildren, Nicole & Noah Kurtz and Olson & Andrew Wolfe; brothers, Tom (Nancy) Subler & Mark (Jolene) Subler; sisters, Marilyn Richters, Kay (Darryl) Sandri & Linda (Chuck) Borchers; sisters-in-law, Charlene Subler, Devone Baron and Linda (Bucky) Gonya; step-mother, Krista Subler-Boellke; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Denny graduated from Versailles High School in 1957 then enlisted in the US Marine Corp. Following the Marines, he drove a truck for Carl Subler Trucking (CSTI). In 1964 he moved to the great state of Maine to run the CSTI terminal there. He met Nancy Davis and they were married on August 30, 1969. In 1978 he brought his family back to Versailles where he continued working in the trucking business, both for CSTI and later himself. In the early 90’s he changed direction and began selling Long Term Care Insurance. His success as a salesman enabled him to travel the world with Nancy and they enjoyed many trips to Europe and Asia. He never really retired but did slow down enough to have time to spend with his grandchildren and develop his motorcycle hobby. He loved to ride and managed to put thousands of miles on three different motorcycles driving them across the country, from Seattle to the East coast and up through Maine. He was contemplating a trip to Alaska when he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma last fall.

Special thanks to the staff at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus OH; the staff of Village Green Nursing Home in Greenville for their excellent care; and especially to Lillian Bruns and her family for the extraordinary support and help they gave the family during Denny’s treatment in Columbus and afterwards. Words cannot express how thankful we are for your friendship and selflessness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 25, 2018, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Carl Subler celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles with full Military Honors conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard and U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00 to 8:00 PM and Friday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Monday, May 21, 2018

Wanda Marie (Tester) Brandon (May 18, 2018)

Wanda Marie (Tester) Brandon, 86 of Versailles, Ohio passed away on Friday May 18, 2018 at 5:01 PM at The Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville, Ohio. She was born September 13, 1931 in New Weston, Ohio the daughter of the late Clyde Thomas & Velma (Briner) Tester.

She worked as the Secretary at Versailles Middle School for 25 years; she was a member of the Eastern Star; and was a Girl Scout Leader.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Charles Brandon; her son: Tommy Brandon; her brother: Clyde Tester Jr.; her brothers in law: Riley and Kenneth Brandon.

She is survived by her daughter and son in law: Nickola & Harold Maccubbin of Defiance, Ohio; daughter in law: Rita Brandon; grandchildren: Mindy Brandon, Shawn Brandon, Sarah Adkins, Christopher Maccubbin, Josh Brandon, & Jeff Brandon; 11 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; sister: Joyce Gels of California; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday May 22, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles, Ohio with Pastor Paula Uhlrich officiating. Family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM on Tuesday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles Vets Club, the Brethren Retirement Community or State of the Heart Care.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

June "Esther" Newman (May 17, 2018)

June "Esther" Newman, 88, of Greenville, and formerly of New Madison, passed away on May 17, 2018 at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana.

She was born on June 11, 1929 in Brookville, Ohio, the daughter of the late William and Thelma (Good) Baker.

In addition to her parents, Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Kyle "Buddy" Newman; her daughter, Barbara Ann Newman; her brothers, Donald Baker and Paul Baker.

Esther was 1947 graduate of New Madison High School. She was an active member in her church, was an advisor for the Butler Boosters 4-H Club for numerous years, and was a volunteer for the RSVP Services in Greenville. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, sewing, crocheting and made countless decorated cakes for all occasions.

She is survived by her children Sharon Kay (Tom) Wilson of Greenville, K. Jean (Paul) Christian of Marietta, Georgia, and Duane E. (Joni) Newman of Greenville; her grandchildren, Julie (Dennis) Ritchie, Brenda (Ryan) Clemens, Brian Elleman, Robin (Jeremy) Morse, Donovan (Shelly) Christian, Jaime (Donnie) Julian, Justin Bronnenberg and Joshua (Katie) Bronnenberg; her great-grandchildren, Matthew Ritchie, Brandon Clemens, Lauren Clemens, Stephen Morse, Sarah Morse, Caleb Christian, Luke Christian, and Neave Bronnenberg; her siblings, David (Jean) Baker of California, Clarence (Belva) Baker, of Eldorado, J. Franklin (Sarah) Baker of Greenville, Kenneth (Janet) Baker of New Madison, Catherine Miltenberger of Greenville, and Phyllis (Marion) Clapp of New Madison; her sister-in-law, Virginia Baker of West Manchester, Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Pastor Ronald Sherck officiating. Burial will follow in Greenmound Cemetery in New Madison.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus from 5 PM until 8 PM.

The family request that memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Jeanenne B. Zierer (May 16, 2018)

Jeanenne B. Zierer, age 85 of Greenville, Ohio for the past 12 years and formerly of the Muncie and Anderson, Indiana area passed away on Wednesday May 16, 2018 at 5:05 AM at State of the Heart Care Center, Greenville, Ohio.. Jeanenne was born May 12, 1933 in Portland, Indiana and the daughter of the late Edward Watson and Elizabeth Norine (Kepler) Baird.

She retired from General Motors in 1991 having worked in the offices of Muncie Battery Plant and Anderson Indiana Delco-Remy plants for 28 ½ years.

A Muncie Burris 1950 High School graduate, she attended Ball State College and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Her life with family was spent primarily in the Anderson, Indiana area. In addition to her parents, her son Edward (Eddie) Milton Replogle died in 1979. Also her only sister, Jacqueline of Muncie, died in 2015.

Jeanenne appreciated and enjoyed her friends and was helped through the years in the caring and support they conveyed.

She attended the Trinity Wesleyan Church of Greenville and their Women’s Bible Study.

She is survived by her children Nancy Replogle (Trevor) Smith of Metro Detroit, MI, Elizabeth “Beth” Replogle of Metro Detroit, MI and Robert Charles “Chuck” (Donna) Replogle of Spokane, Washington; their families and children.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 PM on Friday May 18, 2018 in the Westlawn Cemetery Geneva, Indiana with Pastor Rick Kavanaugh officiating. There will be no visitation.

It is the wishes of Jeanenne that Memorial Contributions be given to the Trinity Wesleyan Church of Greenville or the Hospice of Miami County Ohio.

Funeral arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mary Jane Whittaker (May 14, 2018)

Mary Jane Whittaker, 83 of Vandalia, Ohio passed away on Monday May 14, 2018 at 6:45 AM at Hearth and Home, Vandalia, Ohio. She was born December 26, 1934 in Richmond, Indiana the daughter of the late George & Gertrude “Gerty” Emmons.

She worked as a Secretary retiring from NCR, she also worked for numerous school districts. She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose, Greenville, Ohio and the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, Greenville, Ohio.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Duane E. Whittaker; brothers: Clarence Emmons, John Emmons, George Emmons.

She is survived by her children: Cynthia & Dick Brabant of Vandalia, Ohio, Steven & Donna Whittaker of Dumfries, VA, Regina Warren of Terra Haute, Indiana; 9 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; brother: Dwight Emmons of Greenville; numerous nieces & nephews.

Services will be held on Friday May 18, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Dr. Fred Bernhard officiating. Burial will follow in Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Heartland Hospice.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Clifford Wayne Fritz (May 12, 2018)

Clifford Wayne Fritz was born on August 9, 1936, in Versailles, Ohio to the late David & Clara Fritz. He was called home on May 12, 2018, at his residence in Bradford, Ohio while surrounded by his family.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 62 years, Frances Marie Lavey; his son, Douglas Fritz (Angela); daughters, Deanna Hulsman (Rev. Thomas Hulsman), Denise Weber (Michael), Donita Hopkins (Larry) and Dixie McCord (Stephen).

Cliff is survived by 14 grandchildren, Shannon Fritz, Amber (Fritz) Martin, April Fritz, Hope (Hulsman) Lee, Heidi (Poling) Massingale, Justin Huddleston, Elaine (Huddleston) Miller, Erik Poling, Lindsay (Detro) Stumbo, Nathan Hulsman, Kaili (Huddleston) Garlinger, Jared Detro, Jason Huddleston and Meghan (Detro) Kenworthy; thirty-one great grandchildren; and siblings, David Clarence Fritz (Barbara) of Greenville, Rita Mae Fritz of Greenville and Carol Marlene Fritz of Piqua.

In addition to his parents, Clifford was also preceded in death by his siblings, Loretta, Edwin, Walter, John, Annabelle, Lloyd, Donald and Robert.

He was also a farmer, a carpenter and lived his life investing in young people as church Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday school bus driver, and at the Michael’s Home in Greenville and Clear Creek Farm in Sidney.

Cliff was a neighbor to all and knew how to make everyone smile and laugh by his jokes and his deep laughter.

Most of all, he was a man who served God with all of his heart. Before he did anything, he prayed. He sought first the kingdom of God above all, and everywhere he went, he made sure to talk about Jesus.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Solid Rock Apostolic Church 8991 US 36 Bradford, OH 45308 with Pastor Matthew O’Shell and Rev. Thomas Hulsman officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Irene Herron (May 13, 2018)

Irene Herron, 97, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on May 13, 2018 at State of the Heart Care Center in Greenville.

She was born on May 31, 1920 in Mercer County, Ohio, the daughter of the late Frederick and Wilamenia (Emerick) Schott.

In addition to her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her husband, James Dale Herron, Sr; her daughter, Lea Huntwork; her son, John Herron; and nine brothers and sisters.

Irene retired from Fram after 33 years of service. She was a charter member of the Coldwater Eagles and belonged to the Celina American Legion and Celina Moose. She and Jim enjoyed spending time together. They would go square dancing, bowling and loved to travel. Irene was an amazing cook, enjoyed tending to her vegetable garden and canning. In her later years, she enjoyed playing bingo with friends and family.

She is survived by her sons, James D. (Karen) Herron of Worthington, Ohio, Robert E. (Donna) Herron of Greenville; her daughter-in-law Bonnie Herron of Greenville, Ohio; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; her brother, Dale Schott of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and countless nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 12 PM on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Rev. Terry Haworth officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 11 AM until the time of service at 12 PM at the funeral home.

The family request that memorial contributions be made to State of the Heart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331 or the Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com

James R. “Vern” Rinderle (May 12, 2018)

James R. “Vern” Rinderle age 55, passed away at 3:16 PM on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville.

James was born August 1, 1962, in Coldwater to Virginia Mae (Marchal) Rinderle of Versailles and the late James D. “Beaver” Rinderle.

In addition to his mother, James is survived by his daughter & son-in-law, Chassity & Ryan Holscher of Greenville; brothers & sister, Francis & Rita Rinderle of Willowdell, Mick & Beck Rinderle of Greenville, Kenny Rinderle of Mountain Lake, Minnesota, Jenny Lou & George Kuether of Willowdell and Chris Rinderle of Gettysburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

James graduated in 1981 from Ansonia High School. He formerly worked at Wagner Paving in Laura for 20 years. He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles. James loved racing sprint cars and go-karts. He loved spending time at Eldora Speedway; loved shooting pool, fishing and spending his time outdoors working on anything he could get his hands on.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 PM and Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Mary Jane “Janie” Huber (May 11, 2018)

Mary Jane “Janie” Huber, 72 of Versailles, Ohio passed away on Friday May 11, 2018 at 5:49 AM at the Versailles Health Care Center, Versailles, Ohio. She was born June 30, 1945 in Sidney, Ohio the daughter of the late Aloys H. & Mary Margaret (Hole) Hoelscher.

She was a graduate of Fort Loramie High School; she earned a Bachelor of Arts/Education from Bowling Green University; and earned a Master’s Degree from Wright State University.

She worked at Versailles Elementary School primarily as a 4th grade teacher. Over the years, she had many special friends on the school staff. After retiring in 2000, she also worked as a substitute teacher. She was a co-owner with her husband of C & J Café from 1978-1983.

She was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church; member of Ft. Loramie Catholic Ladies of Columbia; She loved golf with Louis, family and friends at Stillwater Golf Course and other planned outings; She formerly was the Secretary for the Versailles Poultry Days Committee; she was a member of many local clubs since retirement and making new friends in these various groups; she loved following her two granddaughters’ sports and musical programs; especially important were the musical programs of the Versailles High School Band (marching & concert).

She is preceded in death by her parents; sister: Susan A. Hoying; in laws: Eleanor & Virgil Schoenlein, Rita & Melvin Stammen, Norbert Huber, Dolores & Lavern Rindler, Herbert & Dorothy Huber, Ruth & Carl Stammen, Dorothy & Othor Barga, Elmer Siefring, Anthony Feltz, & Frank Huber.

She is survived by her husband: Louis Huber of Versailles whom she married November 26, 1966; her daughter & son in law: Melinda & Eric Barlage of Versailles; grandchildren: Morgan & Jada Barlage; in laws:
Joseph Hoying of North Carolina, Paul & Barbara Huber of North Star, Mildred Siefring of Coldwater, Elizabeth “Betty” Feltz of St. Henry, Diana Huber of New Weston; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday May 16, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. Denis Catholic Church, 14 E. Wood Street, Versailles, Ohio with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Tuesday May 15, 2018 and from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Wednesday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Versailles Music Boosters or State of the Heart Care.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Friday, May 11, 2018

Gary Leon “Ziff” Arnold (May 7, 2018)

Gary Leon “Ziff” Arnold age 62, of West Milton passed away at 1:15 PM on Monday, May 7, 2018, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

Gary was born July 15, 1955, in Greenville to the late Richard & Phyllis (Dickey) Arnold.

Gary is survived by a son & daughter-in-law, Derek & Cristal Arnold of Phillipsburg; daughter & son-in-law, Sunny & Andreas Koomson of Tawas City, Michigan; grandchildren, Jenason, Jelani, Amani and AJ Koomson; brother & sister-in-law, Marion & Judy Arnold of Greenville; sisters & brothers-in-law, Diana & Ted Ross of Orlando, Florida and Linda & Barry Blanton of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gary was formerly worked at Corning in Greenville where he was a machinist.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Harold Victor French (May 7, 2018)

Harold Victor French, 98 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Monday May 7, 2018 at 11:30 PM at the Brethren Retirement Community. He was born November 26, 1919 in Butler Twp., Darke County, Ohio the son of the late Hershel French & Cora (Emrick) French Miller. He was a farmer and also worked at Producers Stockyard. He was a member of EUM Church; he loved playing cards, shuffleboard and traveling and enjoyed life.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Lois Eileen French; his daughter: Deborah Jo Jackson; his son: Victor French; his sister: June Bowman; and his brother: Scott French.

He is survived by his son & daughter in law: Steve & Nina French of Greenville; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Otterbein Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund or State of the Heart Care.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Erma Jean Cloyd (May 5, 2018)

Erma Jean Cloyd age 85, of Greenville passed away at 11:20 PM on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Oakley House in Greenville.

Jean was born February 17, 1933, in Randolph County, Indiana to the late Donald E. & Margaret L. (Cook) Snyder. In addition to her parents, Jean was also preceded in death by her daughter, Donna Rusch-Courtright.

Jean is survived by her children, Edward Cloyd & Pamela Hammons of New Madison and Margie & Jim McLear of Greenville; and grandchildren, Shellie Shaw, James Board, Dexter Housman and Darci Housman.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 11, 2018, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Gary Cloyd officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Marilyn S. Schilling (May 5, 2018)

Marilyn S. Schilling, 80 of Palestine, Ohio passed away on Saturday May 5, 2018 at 3:45 PM at State of the Heart Care Center, Greenville, Ohio. She was born June 9, 1937 in Greenville, Ohio the daughter of the late Glenn & Louise (Teaford) Hiatt. She retired from B.F. Goodrich in 1997. She was a member Palestine Church of Christ.

She is proceeded in death by her parents; and her son: Kenneth Schilling.

She is survived by her children: Douglas Schilling of Troy, Ohio, Don Schilling of Dallas, Texas, Donna Schilling of Palestine, Ohio, Sue Anne Schilling of Savannah, Georgia; 9 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; siblings: Dick Hiatt of Palestine, Patt Hiatt of Palestine, Bert Hiatt of Palestine; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Friday May 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Mike Simmons and Deacon Alan Ayette officiating. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday May 10, 2018 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Palestine Church of Christ.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Mark A. Giesseman (May 2, 2018)

Mark A. Giesseman age 65, of Greenville passed away at 5:43 AM on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Kindred Hospital in Dayton.

Mark was born June 5, 1952, in Piqua to the late Willard F. & Betty L. (Snyder) Giesseman. In addition to his parent, Mark was also preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca “Becky” (Birt) Giesseman on November 26, 2003 whom he married October 22, 1990; and sister-in-law, Eugenia “Jeannie” Giesseman.

Mark is survived by his brothers & sisters-in-law, Randall & Mary Giesseman of Troy, Scott Giesseman of Greenville, Craig & Shelly Giesseman of Greenville, Michigan and Alan & Debbie Giesseman of Piqua; nephews, Duane Giesseman of Greenville serving with the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army, Jeremy Giesseman of Greenville, Adam Giesseman of Troy and Kyle Giesseman of Troy; nieces, Brandi Giesseman of Greenville, Michigan and Carly Giesseman of Greenville, Michigan; great-niece, Madaline Walker; and great-nephews, Mason Walker and Jaxson Bradock.

Mark formerly worked for FedEx in Vandalia and Greenville City Police Department.

A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Greenville Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

John Stull Powell (May 6, 2018)

John Stull Powell, age 87, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on May 6, 2018 at Suites of Walnut Creek, Dayton, Ohio. John was born August 29, 1930 in Greenville, Ohio, son of Reuben and Lydia Virginia (Krickenberger) Powell.

He graduated from Greenville High School in 1948. He attended Wittenberg University, then served honorably, in the U.S. Navy 1948-1952. John married Jeanne Evelyn (Keever) February 14, 1953 and they recently celebrated 65 years of marriage. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1987. John was a member of the Darke County Shrine Club, Greenville Masonic Lodge 143 and the Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton. He was preceded in death by half- brother Charles who died at age 24 in a military plane accident and dear friends Dean Munn, Jack Seiler, Robert Forney, Don Wood and Lowell Arnold. John is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne, daughter and son in law Dana Kathleen and Tedd Boomershine of Kettering, Ohio, son and son in law John Steven Powell and Doug Wunsch of Columbus, Ohio, half-brother Donald ( Elsie) Powell, step sister Gloria (William) Boltin, nieces and nephews and very dear and special friends Judy Munn. A special thank you and recognition of all the wonderful caregivers throughout John’s illness include Brethren Home, Comprehensive Health, Hospice and Suites of Walnut Creek.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday May 10, 2018 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Todd Reish officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 1:00 PM until time of the services in the funeral home. A Masonic Memorial Service will be held on Thursday at 2:00 PM by the Greenville Masonic Lodge and Military Honors will be conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Parkinson’s Association, Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice of Miami Valley or a charity

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Eugene M. Cloyd (May 4, 2018)

Eugene M. Cloyd
January 27, 1932 – May 4, 2018
Age 86

This is the story of Eugene M. Cloyd. Gene was a wonderful father that was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished. Our “Dad” as he liked to be called by his children and his wife, Dot, was an amazing husband, father, son, dedicated servant of God, and man of many talents and hobbies.

Gene’s story starts on January 27th, 1932, the oldest child to Reba and Norman Cloyd. Merle Eugene "Gene" Cloyd was born in Winchester, Indiana. Gene attended Palestine Schools and loved working on the family farm with his brothers Norman Jr., Robert, and Jerry. While attending school in Palestine, Gene met the love of his life for the next 67 years, Dorothy (Bevins) Cloyd. They started their family home in Hollansburg, Ohio and as the family grew, Gene purchased land on a farm on US Route 36 West of Greenville and built a beautiful house with barns for what would become the family homestead. At this location, Gene continued to farm and run his personal business for 43 years called Cloyd, Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning.

Gene was known for his farming and plumbing business, but his greatest blessing was his 7 children and their spouses: Linda (Wilbert) Raby, Janet (Mark) Ashworth, Gary (Jane) Cloyd, Darlene (Dale) Ary, Ron (Lisa) Cloyd, Janene (Corey) Pearson, and Janel (Mark) Baker. They also have enjoyed many family gatherings and time spent with their 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reba (Hollingsworth) and Norman, in-law’s Cora (Sleppy) and Roy Bevins and son-in-law, Corey Pearson. Gene's favorite day of the week was Sunday when he could enjoy time with family, cook-outs and home-made ice-cream.

Sunday's were always spent at Beech Grove Church of the Brethren in Hollansburg, Ohio where Gene was a member and dedicated servant to His Lord and Savior. At Beech Grove, Gene was a deacon, church board member, led many committees, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and in a gospel quartet. Gene was involved in outreach ministries including Lay-Witness Missions and enjoyed reading his Bible and teaching. Gene was president of the Darke County Weekday Religious Education program for 40 years. Gene loved people and lived each day sharing some funny story or making us laugh. He enjoyed fishing, hunting mushrooms, picking raspberries, coaching little league baseball, playing church dart-ball and following the Tri-Village Patriots and Cincinnati Reds. He finished life well at the Brethren Retirement Community and made us all so proud of his Godly life and legacy he left us.

Time for visitation and celebration will be on Tuesday, May 8th from 5-8 PM at Zechar Baily Funeral Home on N. Broadway in Greenville, Ohio. The funeral will be at the Beech Grove Church of the Brethren located at 3420 Harrison Road Hollansburg, Ohio on Wednesday, May 9th at 10:00AM with visitation one hour prior to the service. Officiating pastors will be Gary Cloyd and Jeremy Ashworth. Memorial gifts may be given to Beech Grove Church of the Brethren or the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville. Family members would like to thank the BRC Staff, Hospice Staff and the many friends and families that have supported us through Gene’s journey.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

Karl Kent Coppock (May 3, 2018)

Karl Kent Coppock, age 69 of Arcanum, Ohio passed away at 8:24 PM Thursday May 3, 2018 at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. Kent was born October 30, 1948 in Greenville and the son of the late J.C. and Cristal (Wion) Coppock.

Kent retired in 2015 from the Wayne Division of Smith Dairy in Richmond, Indiana and was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving from December 1966 until December 1969 in the U.S. Army. Kent enjoyed spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Frances Shank.

Kent is survived by his wife Karen S. (Hetzler) Coppock of Arcanum. They were married December 8, 1968. Also daughters Michelle (Bryce) Shaffer of Kewanna, Indiana, Jaclyn Bailey and fiancé Stacy Phillips of Connersville, Indiana and Christina (Eric) Hester of Greenville; grandchildren Malici Shaffer, Kent Shaffer, Hunter Shaffer, Deirdre Bailey, Charlie Bailey, Shalya Phillips, Jacob Cain, Levi Cain, Carolynn Bruce, Christopher Hester and Charles Hester; great grandchildren Rozalin Lewis, Boston Bruce, Paisley Bruce and Theo Bruce; brother Wayne (Mary) Coppock of Greenville; sister Melinda Shahan of Brighton, Michigan as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday May 8, 2018 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio. Burial will follow in the Abbottsville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 1:00 PM until time of the services in the funeral home. The Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard will conduct Military Honors at the Abbottsville Cemetery.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.















Friday, May 4, 2018

Betty June Whittaker (May 1, 2018)

Betty June Whittaker, 77, of New Madison and formerly of Arcanum, passed peacefully away on May 1, 2018 peacefully surrounded by her family.

She was born on October 29, 1940 in New Madison, Ohio, the daughter of the late Lowell and Maxine (Higgs) Emrick.

Betty was a 1958 graduate of New Madison High School. She and her husband raised their family in Arcanum, where she was very involved with various school and community activities with her children. She was a member of Abbottsville United Methodist Church, where she was active in various leadership roles. She owned B-J Ceramics in Arcanum for 30 years. She made cross-stitch artwork and loved to enter them in the Darke County Fair, winning numerous ribbons for her talent. Betty had a massive stuffed bear collection, and her wish was to have them donated to various charities for children.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Roger Whittaker of New Madison, whom she married on October 7, 1962 at the New Madison United Methodist Church; her daughters, Annette (Doug) Pepple of Greenville, Karen (Bill Walter) Whittaker of Dayton, Ohio; her twin sons, Jerry (Susan) Whittaker of Greenville, and Larry (Stephanie) Whittaker of Douglasville, Georgia; her grandchildren, Nathan (Shelby Netts) Pepple, David Pepple, Maggie (Anna) Pepple, Billy (Tammy) Floyd, Angela Floyd, Elizabeth Whittaker; her great granddaughter, Sara Weyant; and many loving extended family and friends who will miss her dearly.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Tribute Funeral Homes, New Madison Campus, with Pastor Eric Fee officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenmound Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 2 PM to 4 PM at the funeral home.

The family requests that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Care, 1350 N. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45346 or to James Cancer Center, 460 W 10th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

James D. Blankenship (May 1, 2018)

James D. Blankenship age 85, of Greenville passed away at 10:43 AM on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at his residence.

James was born January 31, 1933, in Springfield to the late Lonnie D. & Myrtle Marie (Nichols) Blankenship. In addition to his parents, James was also preceded in death by his 1st wife, Barbara E. (Brock) Blankenship; and brother, Dale Blankenship.

James is survived by wife, Esther L. Blankenship; sons & daughter-in-law, Robert Blankenship of Florida and Ronald & Kea Blankenship of Union; daughter, Kathy Toops of Portsmouth; step-sons & step-daughters-in-law, Dan & Linda Reeser of Greenville and Melvin & Debbie Reeser of Greenville; grandchildren, Angie Toops, Ben & April Blankenship, Scott Blankenship & Jamie Helton, Naomi Bohm, Jessica Johnson, Josh Blankenship, Jared Blankenship, Jason & Ruth Reeser, Mike & Tracy Hardy, Brian & Lacie Reeser, Nathan Reeser, Sarah & Trent Hiestand and Phil & Michelle Reeser; 17 great-grandchildren; brother & sister-in-law, Michael & Peggy Blankenship of Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

James retired from McCall’s-Dayton Press in Dayton. He attended Faith Baptist Church in Greenville.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Bill Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery in Darke County. The family will receive friends from 11:00 to 1:00 PM on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Lucy E. Wolfe (April 25, 2018)

Lucy E. Wolfe age 102, of Greenville passed away at 4:32 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at her residence.

Lucy was born August 6, 1915, in Darke County to the late Russell & Dana (Myers) Floyd. In addition to her parents, Lucy was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Ed” Wolfe on March 1, 1994, whom she married March 12, 1938; grandson, David A. Wolfe; and a brother, James Floyd.

Lucy is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Tim & Evelyn Wolfe of Greenville; daughter & son-in-law, Rebecca & Gary Faircloth of Greenville; grandchildren, Marla Wolfe, Aaron & Amanda Wolfe, Ben & Amanda Frietsch, Sarah & Aaron Frietsch-Simowitz, Elizabeth Collings, Dennis & Markita Faircloth and Freddie & Lisa Whetstone; 21 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; sister, Betty George of Hamilton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lucy was a 1932 graduate of Gettysburg High School. Lucy retired from Merkle Pharmacy in Dayton with over 20 years of service. Lucy volunteered a lot of her time to State of the Heart Care, St. Jude Hospice in Florida, Wayne HealthCare Auxiliary and several others. Lucy was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, a co-member of First Presbyterian Church of Titusville, Florida and the Englewood Chapter No 563, Order of Eastern Star.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church 114 East 4th St. Greenville with Rev. Dr. John Person officiating. Burial will follow in Gettysburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville and Sunday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the church. An Order of Eastern Star Memorial Service will be held at 6:45 PM on Saturday at funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com